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This is probably my favorite costume that I designed for my stop-motion video, Romeo and Juliet with Dolls. Like the others, this pattern is an older one, so not all of the pattern pieces have seam allowances drawn on. The seam allowances DO exist though, so you don’t have to add the seam allowances, in other words.
And yes, as I’ve already said in earlier posts this week, these are patterns that were available here as JPG images only, but today I’m giving them to you as a PDF sewing pattern, for your convenience.
You may wonder why this “Romeo Costume” (which will fit modern and Made-to-Move Ken dolls” is my favorite. I took my time, paying close attention to detail both in the design and while I was sewing each piece of this costume. If you saw it in person, you’d probably agree that it’s truly a masterpiece!
However, it’s not for the faint of heart! I have given it five flowers on my difficulty scale.
See Momoko’s dress in the image above? If you’d like to make that dress, click here please.
If you haven’t seen my Romeo and Juliet with Dolls video series, I highly recommend that you set aside some time to view it. Again, I’m very proud of this creation — this stop-motion video of the Shakespearean classic.
Okay, so let’s talk about what you’ll need to buy, if you want to make this “Romeo costume” for your Ken dolls or similar sized fashion dolls…
For the pants, you’ll need some solid cotton; The jacket with sleeves will require both solid cotton and print fabric. I used 1/8 inch Offray ribbon for the laces on the sleeves, along with very small jump rings.
If you’d like to find some medieval or renaissance small print cotton fabric for your jacket, Etsy has some wonderful options!
When I made the cavalier hat and boots, I used brown flannel fabric, thin craft foam (for the brim), craft feathers, and a little metal notion as a broach on the hat.
The puff-sleeved shirt that Romeo wears under his jacket is made of off-white cotton fabric.
You’ll also need a few size 4/0 Dritz snaps for the back closure on the jacket and some 1/8 inch elastic for the waist of the pants.
Today’s free printable PDF patterns will fit the following dolls or action figures:
- 11 3/4 inch (29.8 cm) Ever After High male dolls*
- 12 inch (30 cm) Ken dolls (modern)
- 12 inch (30 cm) Articulated Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) Jake dolls (Spin Master)**
- 12 inch (30 cm) Regular Fashionista Ken dolls
- 12 inch (30 cm) vintage Ken dolls (crew cut Ken and Allen)
- 13 inch (33 cm) Tammy’s Dad vintage dolls
*Note: the Ever After High male dolls fit the pattern loosely. If you are enrolled in my Creative Spark “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course, I would suggest using the formula you’ve learned, to re-size the patterns just a bit, so they will fit these dolls more accurately. A chest vs. chest measurement difference would be a good place to start making your adjustments.
** Jake dolls also fit the pattern a little loosely, but it’s a closer fit than the Ever After High male dolls.
And here are the patterns and tutorial videos you’re looking for:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for a “Romeo costume” to fit 12 inch male fashion dolls
- Tutorial video showing how to make the cavalier hat
- Tutorial video showing how to make the puff-sleeve undershirt
- Tutorial video showing how to make the boots
- Tutorial video showing how to make the jacket
- Tutorial video showing how to make the bi-colored trousers or pants with an elastic waist
Just in case you would like to make one, here is my tutorial video showing how to make a sword for your fashion dolls or action figures.
These are, as I’ve said before, some of my oldest tutorial videos, so I wasn’t using expensive video-making software to make these tutorials. Please excuse the very basic quality of the tutorial videos.
If you’re looking for a pattern that’s slightly different than the one I’m offering here, you might want to think about taking my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” which is available on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!
That’s right; for any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to sign up any time soon. Just sign up when you’re ready.
And there’s no specific time limit to your courses. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.
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GI Joe and Action Man action figures are owned and distributed by Hasbro Pulse, which holds the registered trademark for these toys (™). Please visit the Hasbro Toy website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys. This link will also help you find Action Man figures specifically, and those figures are still distributed throughout the United Kingdom.
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Tonner fashion dolls are products that were once offered by the Tonner doll company, which held the registered trademark for them (™), but it is no longer in business. However you can still learn about this company’s history on Wikipedia and purchased used dolls from eBay.